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What is APA format, and how is it different from MLA format? Dive into the world of APA, investigate how to properly cite resources in-text, and look at a reference list of sources. Intended for higher education, not all of the information is pertinent for middle and high schoolers to learn at this juncture. However, you can cut out certain slides to keep it relevant for your classroom. 
What is the difference between MLA and APA format? This presentation is geared towards a college audience, but it could definitely be useful with an eleventh and twelfth grade audience in high school. Differences are highlighted, but not many actual examples are given. Show this slide with some examples to really drive the point home! 
Display not only the correct style for APA writing, but also the format that a paper would be written in. Plenty of examples are given in this thorough presentation. Makes for a great reference and model.
For the purposes of this video, plagiarism is a criminal offense pursued by the Department of Plagiarism Investigation. Each type of plagiarism is given a catchy name, a creative description, and is demonstrated with a cartoon animation. Although the D.P.I. isn't actually real, the narrator encourages viewers to uphold the ideals of this imaginary department. Extend the lesson with the provided additional materials.
Here is a research assignment for your physical scientists on the history of atomic theory. Pupils look up information by the name of contributing scientists. Designed as a large data table, the page requires learners to write a description of the theory or experiment that was done to develop it, sketch a model representing the theory, and provide a works-cited reference using APA format. This clever assignment familiarizes learners with the work of Dalton, Rutherford, Bohr, and others.
As a prequel to a research assignment, class members explore writing citations in the modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) formats. In pairs, or individually, researchers use books and magazines to create citations on index cards. The cards are then used in a game reinforcing proper citation format.
It's often confusing which word should be used to complete a sentence. Although this worksheet's title insinuates that idioms will be discussed, the practice section is just about using words like to, who, with, as, and that correctly. Pupils identify the correct wording for 19 sentences shown. 
What do your pupils think of the state of news casting in the United States? Find out with the materials and plan provided here. The resource includes a journal prompt, several reading selections, an essay prompt, a model essay, a rubric, and a self-assessment. Using Jon Stewart's popularity as a jumping-off point, class members discuss news media and read articles about Jon Stewart. The essay prompt is included; however, you might need to set aside more class time for planning and drafting. The wealth of materials is the strong point of this resource.
If you are planning on working on a research paper in your class, take a look at this resource first. Starting off with information about plagiarism, the series of activities briefly described here should give your pupils a general idea of how to write a research paper. While the bulk of the resource is an overview of activities and does not include much detail, there are quite a few useful links to help enrich the lesson.
Introduce your high school scholars as to how to use counterclaims in argument writing. Learners explore this skill with collaborative efforts and technology. Together they explore the pros and cons of homework and develop a thesis for their point of view using the ideas developed in class. The next phase has them in the computer lab researching sources for their argument with a recommendation to have the instructor show how to include parenthetical citations, graphs and statistics into their writing. The lesson can be modified for any topic including literary analysis. 
After a class discussion that focuses on what a commercial database is, pupils access a website in order to find the answers to questions on a worksheet embedded in the plan. The answers to the questions are not easy to find, and will challenge even your most talented pupils. Finally, each learner completes a self-evaluation form where they grade themselves on their research skills when using the Internet. A fine and innovative lesson!
Why are citations necessary in research writing? Help your class perfect their citation skills with this presentation. It introduces citations, different formats (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), and gives examples of improperly cited passages. Consider providing your class with a note-taking guide to follow along with the presentation and keep the material easily accessible. 
Sixth graders design travel brochures using technology to persuade people to visit their location.  In this travel brochure lesson plan, 6th graders must communicate what is attractive about a place that would convince you to visit. Students present their projects.
Students explore the different technology used in mapping tsunami using an interactive website. In this earth science lesson, students compare the pros and cons of each method used. They create their own tsunami inundation maps.
Students interview people in their community regarding natural hazards in their area. In this disaster preparedness lesson, students assess the risks of each natural hazards. They research about it and present a summary of their findings.
Here is the first lesson plan I've come across produced by NPR. Not surprisingly, it's terrific! After a discussion about what pupils know, and would like to know about slavery, the entire class listens to an NPR report. While they are listening, they take notes on a worksheet embedded in the plan. The program can be paused at any time for discussion. Excellent discussion questions are included, as is a meaningful writing task at the end of the lesson plan. Bravo NPR!
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The New York Times article “Lessons in Internet Plagiarism,” launches a look at how the Internet has increased the prevalence of plagiarism. The richly detailed instructional activity includes warm-up and wrap-up activities, discussion questions, research links, possible projects, as well as evaluation and extension activities. A good cautionary instructional activity before class members start their own research projects.
Students investigate world geography by creating a written document. In this tsunami safety lesson, students identify the potential impacts earthquakes and tsunamis can have on cities and towns around the world. Students locate specific areas in Alaska where tsunamis are more likely to hit and create a safety brochure which instructs people how to avoid problems if one strikes.
Fifth graders discover the career of a museum curator as they assemble mock museum displays and gather information on famous works of art. The lesson is very complete and includes lesson extensions, resource links, and curricular connections.

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